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Learners model the soils layers using Oreo's. In this instructional activity students use their favorite food items to create a model of soil layers. A discovery instructional activity from a youth camp is adapted for classroom modeling and discussion of soil ecology. Teachers can customize to add depth to meet their needs.
Students read and discuss the information that they read on the "Kentucky Coal, Reclamation and Subsidence." They then answer questions in reference to the reading. Some questions that students answer are: What is reclamation?, Name three uses of reclaimed land., and What natural resources must be considered when mining and reclamation are considered?
This presentation on soil shows how it is formed, what the different types of soil are, how soil is eroded, and how soil can be conserved. Fantastic photos and excellent graphics and text are found in each of the slides. The last slide is set up as a nice review of everything pupils have learned during the slide show. An excellent PowerPoint!
Students examine types of aquifers and make a model landfill. In this water usage lesson, students determine the difference between confined and unconfined aquifers. They build a model landfill, observe it for two weeks, and analyze what type of influence it has on the water supply. They complete a map that shows an aquifer in Kansas.
Fourth graders examine layers of soil through observation and describe how these layers are deposited over time. In this stories in the soil lesson, 4th graders observe soil samples. Students retell a story by creating layers caused by changes to the Earth's surface. Students then summarize specific information about layers in order to tell the history of a place.
Students identify and describe where tropical rain forests are located and examine the geographical correlation between rainfall and rain forest. They brainstorm what they think they know about tropical rain forests - where they're located, characteristics of these environments.
Learners create a compost cake. In this gardening and decomposition science lesson, students review and describe the "nutrient cycle." Learners create a compost pile, measure and record the dimensions and temperature of the pile, and make predictions about how the appearance of the pile might change over time.
An interesting lesson on different types of soils is here for you. In it, learners discuss what soil is, and consider three piles of soil - clay, sand, and loam. During the rest of the lesson, third graders discover all sorts of interesting facts about soil: how it is made, what it is used for, and how each type of soil is best for certain applications.